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Truck driver and trucking company sued over fatal accident

Media outlets in Illinois have reported that a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a 23-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a truck that struck and killed three pedestrians on March 6. The truck driver's employer is also named in the lawsuit. The family of the woman and two children killed claim that the man was using a mobile phone at the time of the accident.

The pedestiran accident took place at the intersection of South Ashland Avenue and West 43rd Street on Chicago's South Side at approximately 5 p.m. According to a police report, a 30-year-old woman was crossing the street with her two children when the three pedestrians were struck by a truck making a left turn. Officers say that the truck then dragged the woman for a considerable distance because the driver was unaware that an accident had occurred.

The three accident victims were rushed by paramedics to area medical facilities, but they were all pronounced dead a short time later. The truck driver was subsequently cited by police for making an improper left turn and failing to yield to the three pedestrians. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

While a distracted truck driver may face civil sanctions when their negligent actions cause injury, loss or damage to others, their employers may also be held accountable in certain situations. A trucking company could be sued if they failed to adequately maintain their vehicles or did not ensure that their drivers were properly trained. Families who lose a loved one in a road traffic accident often face financial challenges due to the loss of a relied upon source of household income, and a wrongful death lawsuit may seek compensation for this loss. This type of litigation may also seek damages to cover expenses such as medical costs and funeral bills.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Family Sues Driver, Trucking Company Over Accident That Killed Mom, 2 Kids," March 10, 2015

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